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July 14, 2020 |

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BBC launches two-day virtual diversity showcase

UK pubcaster the BBC will launch a virtual Creative Diversity Xperience (CDX) later this month, a selection of live-streamed events and masterclasses showcasing the “vibrancy, innovation and leadership of black, Asian and minority ethnic talent in the creative industry”.

The two-day offering, which takes place from 28-29 July, is aimed at younger audiences and will examine issues that affect them through more than six hours of content each day.

Viewers will hear from diverse creative leaders including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target; Noughts And Crosses star Masali Baduza; Normal People and Derry Girls actor Aoife Hinds; creative director and manager Grace Ladoja and writer and filmmaker Lucy Sheen.

Actor Cynthia Erivo will also sit down with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo for a one-on-one spotlight conversation and BBC’s I May Destroy You writer and star Michaela Coel will host a masterclass.

June Sarpong, BBC director of creative diversity, said: “It is important for the BBC to be the beacon to the rest of the industry and champion diversity and inclusion. We have thought carefully about creating an authentic, engaging and immersive experience, using innovative technology. CDX will set itself apart from what people may have seen or expect of the BBC.”

Miranda Wayland, BBC head of creative diversity, added: “CDX is a first for the BBC and the wider creative industry and I am excited about this opportunity to amplify the wealth of ethnically diverse talent within the creative industry. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved and the diverse team who have shaped CDX to be the voice for our young diverse audiences.”

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